TELEPHONE SR 8023/8022


The Telephone Special Range (TSR) 8023 (Genie) is a distinctively styled self-contained press button telephone. Incoming calls are signalled by a tone ringer that has a three position volume control switch in the base of the unit near to the handset cord outlet.

Tele 8023 is similar in appearance to the Tele 8022A (shown to the right) but additionally offers Last Number Redial facilities. All Genie telephones are intended for table mounted use, signal in 10 pulses per second loop disconnect signalling only and do not offer recall facilities.

The Genie was introduced in the UK around 1983.

Colours: White, Peach, Red, Brown, Blue/White.

Suitable for use on Direct Exchange Lines only.

Made by A.P. Besson Ltd (manufacturer's code DAE) and Autophon Ltd (manufacturer's code AUC)

APPROVAL STATUS
Genie telephones are approved as supplied under the following approval numbers:
Genie 8022A S/1000/3/C/020055
Genie 8023 S/1000/3/F/500254

History
The UK Genie telephone which as made in the UK by A. P. Beeson (now Hosiden Besson Ltd), was originally developed and manufactured by the American Telecommunications Corporation (ATC) of El Monte, California, USA, in the 1980's. ATC, also known as "Deco-Tel", originally manufactured a line of telephone housings that the phone company could install dials and networks into.

The ATC portfolio included:-
The Cradlephone, The Candlestick Phone, The Empress Phone (standard & deluxe models), The Chestphone, and Character Phones (Mickey Mouse, Snoopy & Woodstock, Kermit The Frog, and Winnie-The-Pooh).

The Genie Phone was also the first to use an electronic ringer. The network was a hybrid, using the same touch tone pad that was developed for the Candlestick phone and other models. The weak place in the pad was the mechanical switch to disconnect the transmitter when the buttons were operated. The spring would deform and the transmitter would go permanently dead.

After being acquired by General Dynamics, ATC manufactured complete phones, introduced answering machines, auto-dialers, and other apparatus.

General Dynamics finally went back to making weapons only, and the various plants in California were closed. Today, Comdial operates what's left of what was once a real going concern.

More information on Telephones Special Range

Special Range Telephone Suffix's
A = NO RECALL, CALLING DEVICE
B = NO RECALL, NO CALLING DEVICE
C = RECALL, CALLING DEVICE
D = RECALL, NO CALLING DEVICE
G = MF DIALLING

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Last revised: May 30, 2010

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